The Advocate asked readers on Facebook to tell us about traffic nightmares from the I-10 crash and closure. Here are some of the comments from commuters. They are edited for space.
We are a Yoga Studio in Zachary. Our two morning instructors came in from Baton Rouge. It was a struggle but they both made it (one was slightly late but no one minded). They both came in calm, not the least bit frazzled. It really showed me how having a healthy attitude makes life more manageable.
I live in Sherwood Forest and my office is located on Sherwood Forest. It’s normally a 5-8 minute drive. It took me a hour and a half to make it from Florida to the McDonald’s right before the interstate! Let’s just say I turned into McDonald’s, got breakfast and came back home!
Renita Eackels Whitlock,
35. Birthday Today!! Baton Rouge!
Live and work on the westside. Took me about 7 minutes. A tad but better than normal.
I heard about the shut down before I left home but I was going thru the detour thru hwy 30 thru Nicholson to get to work downtown. I left Prairieville at 7 am and by 8:30 I could not get past nicholson/bluebonnet anymore, traffic was so congested and i was stuck going nowhere and stressing me out that I had to turn around n go back home. My boss was very understanding, but it’s not fair to miss work like this... And I ran out of gas.
Carey Young Cole,
I commute from north Denham Springs to downtown BR and it did not add any delay to my commute at all. I stayed in the left lane and sailed in. Left home at 7:15 and got to work at 8:00 as usual. However, the Drusilla and Airline exits we’re very backed up onto I-12. My sister lives near me and works on Siegen, and at 10:15 she decided to turn around and go home. So it just depends in where in BR you were going.
Our family lives just south of Blue Bayou water park. It took my husband from 6:30am-10:30am to get to downtown Baton Rouge.
Tiffany Duet Vogt,